Inhibition by somatostatin of the proliferation of T-lymphocytes and Molt-4 lymphoblasts

Published on Saturday, 29 December 2012


The proliferation of Molt-4 lymphoblasts and phytohemagglutinin-stimulated human T lymphocytes in vitro was inhibited significantly by 10(-12) to 10(-10) M to 10(-13) to 10(-9) M somatostatin, as assessed by the uptake of [3H]thymidine and [3H]leucine, respectively. The inhibitory effect of somatostatin was not attributable to cytotoxicity and was associated with a mean degradation of 52 and over 95% of immunoreactive somatostatin, respectively, after 3 and 24 hr of incubation at 37 degrees C.

The specific suppression of Molt-4 lymphoblasts and T lymphocytes by somatostatin represents a distinct mechanism for the specific regulation of immunological responses by neuropeptides of the peripheral nervous system and gastrointestinal tract.



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